A little more than three hours after 6-year-old Christopher Barrios disappeared, convicted child molester George Edenfield admitted to police that he had killed the kindergartener, according to a newly released search warrant affidavit.
An application for a warrant authorizing police to search the Edenfields' trailer at 121 Horseshoe Lane in the Canal Road Mobile Home Park, sworn to by Glynn County police Detective William Daras, says that police found Christopher's Star Wars light saber toy in the front yard of the mobile home that George Edenfield, a 32-year-old twice-convicted sex offender, shared with his parents, David and Peggy Edenfield, two hours after the boy disappeared.
Christopher was last seen March 8 at about 6:20 p.m. walking to his grandmother's trailer from a neighborhood swing set where he'd been playing alone. Christopher's grandmother, Sue Rodriguez, lives directly across the street from the Edenfields' trailer.
Christopher lived with his father, who was at work when the boy disappeared, in a mobile home located at 150 Horseshoe Lane.
Shortly after detectives found the light saber, they spoke to the Edenfields inside their mobile home, the affidavit says. Once they learned that George Edenfield had been convicted of molesting two boys and was on the state's sexual offender registry, investigators separated him from his parents and asked him about Christopher.
Edenfield told detectives that he'd watched Christopher walk home from school at about 2:45 that afternoon.
"He then stated that the "devil" told him to kill Christopher," the affidavit says.
Edenfield confessed to detectives that he had killed Christopher, although he refused to tell them the location of the boy's body because he was afraid that if he did, he would go to prison, according to the affidavit.
Over the next four days, as hundreds of law enforcement officers and volunteers combed the area within a five-mile radius of the trailer park, detectives continued to press the Edenfields for more information.
On Monday, March 12, Peggy Edenfield, 57, admitted to detectives that her son had killed Christopher, the search warrant affidavit says. She said she had lied to investigators about the killing out of fear of going to jail.
In later interviews, Detective Daras wrote in his affidavit, police discovered that Peggy Edenfield witnessed her son and her husband, 58-year-old David Edenfield, who in 1994 was convicted of incest, use their hands to choke Christopher to death.
In the application for the search warrant for the Edenfields' home, filed on March 16, the day after two game wardens found Christopher's body in a trash bag dumped beside a road, less than three miles from his home, Daras wrote that Peggy Edenfield admitted trying to clean fingerprints off of Christopher's neck with soap and water and wrapping his body in plastic trash bags.
That affidavit also says that Peggy Edenfield told police that George and David "used clothing to wipe semen off their bodies."
In three later search warrant affidavits, Daras wrote that Peggy admitted to helping her husband dispose of Christopher's body, but that it was George, not her, who tried to clean fingerprints from the boy's neck.
Wednesday a grand jury indicted all three Edenfields for murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, and child molestation.
George and David Edenfield were also indicted for aggravated child molestation.
The three Edenfields and family friend Donald Dale, 34, were also charged with concealing the death of a person and tampering with evidence.
Under Georgia law, a conviction for murder carries with it the possibility of a death sentence.
"We will be seeking the death penalty," Glynn County District Attorney Stephen Kelley said Wednesday in a press release.
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